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Iowa legislative committees considers multiple pro-life proposals, vote unanimously to increase penalties for attempting to force a woman to have an abortion

by | Feb 14, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

By a unanimous 22-0 vote, the Iowa House Judiciary Committee “approved House File 2206, which would make attempting to coerce a woman to have an abortion a Class D felony,” according to James Q. Lynch. “Under current law, a person who intentionally terminates a pregnancy without the consent or knowledge of a woman is guilty of a Class C felony.”

A Class D felony is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine up to $10,245.

Rep. Sandy Salmon told the committee of a man who was found not guilty because his attempts to induce an abortion by forcing his wife to take abortifacients were unsuccessful, Lynch noted.

“This plugs a loophole in state law,” Salmon said before the committee voted 20-0 to move the bill to the full House

There were other pro-life proposals introduced as well which were not unanimously adopted but rather broke along party lines.

“The Human Services Committee amended House File 2119, which would prohibit a person from dispensing an abortion-inducing drug except in a health care setting — and not by receiving the drug by mail,” Lynch explained. So-called “DIY” abortions—Do It Yourself—as exceedingly dangerous to the woman.

HF 383 would require anyone providing medication abortions “to inform women of ‘the effectiveness and possibility of avoiding, ceasing or even reversing the effects of a medication abortion,’” the Abortion Pill Reversal.

Teresa Welsh, a registered nurse, called it “medically and ethically responsible” to tell women of the procedures and the risks associated with a medication abortion at a subcommittee hearing on HF 383.

“Developing research indicates a success with reversing the effects of the first abortion pill, if the patient chooses,” she said, according to Lynch.

Tom Chapman of the Iowa Catholic Conference said abortion reversal process offers “an opportunity for the woman to rescue her child when she’s changed her mind about the abortion, as well as perhaps spare her the pain and regret of losing a baby.” 

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